Programme 2019

Talking About Trees

Director: Suhaib Gasmelbari


India Premiere

Section: International Competition

Country: France, Sudan, Germany, Chad, Qatar | Year: 2019

Language(s): Arabic | Time: 93 mins


Ibrahim, Suleiman, Manar and Eltayeb have been friends for over 45 years. They left their motherland in the 1960s and 70s to study film abroad and founded the Sudanese Film Group in 1989. After years of distance and exile, they reunite, hoping to finally make their old dream come true: to bring cinema to Sudan. They are determined to leave something behind and ignite a love for cinema. Throughout the images they created, the ones they lost and the ones they had hoped to make, the beautiful and horrific faces of their country appear.

Director's Bio

Suhaib Gasmelbari is a Sudanese writer, director, and researcher with a special focus on audio-visual archives. He was able to find some long-lost Sudanese films, and actively participates in international and local projects for saving and digitising them, including those of Ibrahim Shaddad, Suleiman Mohamed Ibrahim and Eltayeb Mahdi. Talking About Trees is his first feature film.